How to Fix Where You Get Fat
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Here's something else you can
blame on your parents, I mean, on your genetic inheritance: your body shape.
Essentially, we fall into one of two general types - apples or pears -
depending on where we tend to store fat. More fat around the waist? You're an
apple. Bottom-heavy? Hello, pear. Each type has its own set of health risks,
but also its own fixes and healthy guidelines to minimize potential troubles.
Here are some diet and fitness tips to help you achieve your ideal shape.
Apples.You agonize about your love
handles and your "spare tire." You're bigger on top than on bottom. Pears are
jealous of your slimmer hips. You're jealous of their flatter bellies.
- Potential health problems. Because
you store fat in your midsection, around your organs, when you gain weight,
you're at risk for obesity-related problems like diabetes, high blood pressure,
and heart disease.
- Game plan.
You need to shed the extra inches around your waist and avoid spikes
in your blood sugar level.
Eat more fiber-rich foods such as whole grains and fruits and
vegetables to slow digestion.
Cardio. Break out the fat-burning videos! High-energy programs that
get your heart rate going, such as Turbo JamTM
or the new Fat Burning workout in
90®, are the way to go.
You gain weight below the belt. "Through the lips straight to the hips" is your
lament. Saddlebags are a nagging trouble spot. You tend to have more cellulite
than apples, but, on the bright side, you've got the curvier booty.
health problems. With extra weight in your lower body, you're more
likely to have varicose veins. Over time, pear women are also more at risk for
losing bone strength.
- Game plan. Inside an overweight pear
is the coveted hourglass waiting to strut her stuff.
Follow Beachbody's healthy diet guidelines, but make a special effort
to choose low-fat foods (just beware of high sugar content in low-fat products
you don't need those empty calories!). Avoid foods with excessive amounts of
saturated fat, such as whole milk products, butterfat, red meats, and
hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. So, donuts, ice cream, and thick,
fatty steaks? Out. Skim milk, veggies with fat-free dip, and lean meats? In.
Resistance training. Grab dumbbells or resistance bands to strengthen
your muscles and bones, and sculpt your thighs and booty with targeted toning
exercises. Beachbody programs like
Slim In Six
YOUTM are all ideal for reshaping
Of course, this isn't to
say that Apples should never lift weights or Pears should strictly avoid
fat-burning cardio workouts. Both types can benefit plenty from full-body
fitness programs that combine bothespecially when they're trying to get
to their target weight or develop an overall stronger, leaner physique (a la
example). But if you're working hard and losing weight and still can't get rid
of those love handles or saddlebags, try focusing on what's most effective for
your body shape.